Vice President Leni Robredo cited the administration of Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale for embracing the principle of good governance espoused by her late husband then Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Jesse Robredo.
“We are just so happy that we have local government officials like Gov. Junjun and Vice Gov. Agnes, who are also like my husband in the sense that they are very progressive, simple in their ways but very effective local government officials,” VP Robredo said Tuesday.
VP Robredo’s remark on the leadership of the top Capitol officials came on the heels of DILG’s recognition for Davide as among the top 10 governors feted by President Rodrigo Duterte for helping his campaign against illegal drugs.
Quoting reports, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno said these governors are not only containing drugs in their provinces but also models in governance, transparency and good in disaster preparedness.
Moreover, VP Robredo recalled how her late husband transformed Naga City into an outstanding local government unit (LGU) through people’s participation starting in 1988 when the country was still reeling from the throes of Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.
“Citizens should not be treated by the government as beneficiaries but as partners for development; they become owners and stakeholders of government projects. Individuals should be given equal voice especially the less privileged,” she said.
Three elements, VP Robredo stressed, are needed for LGUs to be effective in governance: transparency, accountability and people participation.
VP Robredo’s brand of governance traced its roots from the “Tsinelas” politics of her husband, whose achievements in government service earned him the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Award, commonly considered as the Nobel Peace Prize of Asia.
The vice president was here in Cebu as the guest of honor on the second day of Devtalks, a forum organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and Cebu Provincial Government.
Devtalks shares finest practices of LGUs in community development. (Kelvin Cañizares)